Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"
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Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon" (a.k.a. Ren and Stimpy's All New Adult Party Cartoon) is an American animated television series created by John Kricfalusi and produced in 2003 by Spümcø. It aired on Spike on the summer of 2003. The series is a spin-off of the critically acclaimed Nickelodeon series BTSW.
The series had only aired six episodes, only three of which aired on its network. The last three were later released on DVD in July 18th, 2006. The show also lasted only 2 months in 2003 before being cancelled due to negative reception.
The series was not only Spümcø's last animated series before its closure in 2005, but also the last TV show that Kricfalusi ever made before his retirement in 2018 due to sexual misconduct allegations. As well killing the Ren & Stimpy franchise and preventing the franchise getting a revival or a reboot until August 5, 2020, when ViacomCBS announced a Ren & Stimpy reboot to Comedy Central without the show's creator and co-creator John Kricfalusi and Bob Camp.
Why It Sucks
- The concept of an adult’s spin-off of a children’s TV show is definitely a very bad idea, which was why it upset and angered so many fans of the original show.
- To be fair, stuff like this can work, but only if you put in as much effort as people wanted. Samurai Jack season 5, for example, has worked, because it not only stayed true to the first four seasons, but also gave it a darker tone. Shows like Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Sealab 2021, and Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law also worked, because they were funny and clever, though the original shows that they were based on did not receive as much praise. However, when you make it into an adult show that's nothing but raunchy, it insults the fanbase very hard.
- The original may have been more appropriate for adults than for kids, but not to this extent.
- The humor is nothing more than absurd value, which is weird, disturbing, immature, and bad. It also had jokes about poop (or toilet humor), which can be disgusting for people that are easily grossed out.
- It sucks out the charm of the original 1991 Nicktoon, and ruined everything on how special Ren & Stimpy was on Nickelodeon. Its spin-off is just acting like "screw you for firing our creator" to Nickelodeon within no reason given, that this spin off can insult people who had childhood memories with Ren and Stimpy or people who are fans of it their whole lives.
- To be fair, there was a reason why John Kricfalusi was fired. Not just because of his selfish and cruel behavior, or the horrible delays that plagued the production, but it was also because he wasn't doing his job.
- Awful and despicable stories and unfunny episode ideas, with ignorant jokes in some of them.
- Lots of scenes are drawn out and go on for way too long, like the toilet scenes in "Fire Dogs 2" and some jokes in "Altruists", for example.
- Disturbing and cruel moments in the show, such as killing/abusing animals, suicide, torment, sexual harassment, etc.
- In the original show, Ren beats up Stimpy when he did something stupid because for one thing, it's hilarious, and it never went over the top or overly mean spirited and harsh, but in the reboot, he beats up Stimpy and torments him for no reason.
- The title characters have been reduced to mindless perverts with little-to-no redeeming qualities (especially Ren);
- Stimpy, who was portrayed as ditzy, dumb, and happy-go-lucky like in the original series, is portrayed as a stereotypical homophobic character over Ren for no reason and acts extremely stupid and pointless and has no purpose to the show whatsoever.
- Ren in "Adult Party Cartoon" is portrayed as a monstrous, unpleasant, and psychopathic moron who tormented animals and bugs in his childhood to inflict the pain on others, he murdered his therapist after being called crazy, acted like a mindless pervert to bimbo women with no good qualities, has showed no reasons why he is scary and cruel like how he had his right reasons to act the way he was in the old show, and seemed to care a lot less about Stimpy. This is an example on doing a sour tempered character backwards.
- Speaking of Ren, the episode "Ren Seeks Help", has been considered one of the worst episodes in cartoon history, because it makes Ren a tormentor who murders helpless animals for his own pleasure (as mentioned above). There was no reason for Ren to act the way he is other than for shock humor, but in the old show, he has his right reasons to be scary and cruel because of the way he is, and in "Adult Party Cartoon", it was done all backwards. The writers also made him even more crueler and unfunny as it is as of "Ren Seeks Help". Why did they ruin Ren's character? No seriously, what have they done?
- Episodes like "Stimpy's Pregnant" and "Fire Dogs 2" contain false advertising and misleading titles at the same time because in "Stimpy's Pregnant", Stimpy actually isn't pregnant, he is just constipated and they had to have him bring out the poop baby anyway just for the sake of it. "Fire Dogs 2" had nothing to do with the first "Fire Dogs", it had nothing but pointless filler and focused more on a character who is basically an obese unfunny version of Fireman Sam who makes Homer Simpson look like a railway engine driver.
- The animation, while smooth and likable, can get really very ugly and disturbing with all the washed out colors and horrifying imagery.
- The show was so bad that Billy West, Stimpy's original voice actor, refused to work on the show saying it would ruin his career and he called it one of the worst things he's ever seen. As a result, he was replaced by Eric Bauza. "APC" was why Billy never worked with Kricfalusi ever again, even when the two became enemies after the success of Ren and Stimpy's first two seasons.
- Although the theme song is catchy, it just shows clips from the original 1991 show.
- Nobody knew what Ren did to make Stimpy so upset with him in "Ren Seeks Help", but an argument is what caused it according to John Kricfalusi.
- Most of the moments are the unfunniest in all of mankind, and are either really violent or just plain bad and not funny at all.
- This show had ruined both the reputations of Ren & Stimpy and John Kricfalusi, because of the poor reviews that "Adult Party Cartoon" has received, and the reason why Ren & Stimpy won't come back for their own animated movie to Nickelodeon nor appear to the upcoming/canceled/on hold Nicktoons movie. Paramount Pictures, one of the subsidiaries of ViacomCBS, also rejected the short for Ren & Stimpy in Spring of 2017, because they refused to let Nickelodeon do anything with Ren & Stimpy, and that caused the fans of the series old and new to feel dismayed, upset, dreadful, awful, and despaired.
- None of the characters from the original show (save for the titular characters and Mr. Horse) make an appearance in this series.
- The show altogether feels like a horrible fan-made parody that was approved by the original show's creator.
- Ren remembering the first time meeting Stimpy was charming, but decent as said in "Ren Seeks Help".
- The voice acting was decent despite how bad the show was. Eric Bauza's performance as Stimpy was good (when he's not crying, at least) and sounded pretty close to his old voice actor, Billy West.
- A handful of jokes were kinda funny, like "You're the pitcher, I'm the catcher!" in "Onward and Upward".
- The animation is still smooth like in the original.
- Mr. Horse, like in the original show, is a great character, and is probably the only character in the series who was consistently good.
- The flute dance from "Fire Dogs 2" was entertaining.
- The scene in the beginning of "Altruists" where Ren beats up Stimpy felt pretty close to the old show.
- The theme song from the original series is still catchy.
- "The Lost Episodes" DVD has great interviews with the writers and storyboard artists and how they came up with the ideas for the episodes.
- This series is confirmed to be non-canon to the original Ren & Stimpy, despite that some episodes of this show were originally written back in the original show's run on the production slot and contract over at Nickelodeon back in the 1990s.
- This show hasn't killed any inkling of Ren and Stimpy coming back, as a reboot has been announced to be airing on Comedy Central.
The Entire Series
- Life Sucks - Ren explains to Stimpy that life sucks, much to Stimpy's horror. After that, they have an extensive look at life's past tragedies like the Children's Crusade. According to John Kricfalusi himself, this was meant to be a prequel episode to "Ren Seeks Help". This is suggesting that this episode was the cause of Ren and Stimpy's argument, as it is never stated in "Ren Seeks Help" what Ren had done exactly. Production had begun on this episode, with some voice work and roughly a third of the storyboard completed at the time of the show's cancellation. This episode was also originally written for Nickelodeon.
- The Big Switch - The supposed sequel to "Ren Seeks Help", with it beginning with Stimpy no longer being tolerate to Ren's abuse any longer as the two argue over which is better by being an idiot or a "psychotic asshole". They finally settle the argument by making a bet that they can switch roles for a day. The episode's basic premise would somewhat be loosely made into the Games Animation era episode, "Who's Stupid Now?".
- Fishing Trip - Ren & Stimpy go on a fishing trip in search of the elusive foul-mouthed bass. The episode's basic premise is loosely related to the season 3 episode "Bass Masters" and the unproduced Spümcø episode "The Wilderness Adventure."
- The Wilderness Adventure - George Liquor takes Ren & Stimpy hunting in the deep woods. The episode was originally written for Nickelodeon, but was rejected several times. Michael Pataki was made to reprise his role as George Liquor. The storyboard for the rejected episode, however, were completed all the way back in the 90s, as far as before the show actually started production, as one of the ideas would later used in the season 2 episode The Great Outdoors. Two small portions of some of the storyboards of this episode had some voice work, sound effects, and music completed and put into part of the episode before the show's cancellation.   
- My Little Ass - A fake commercial that was suppose to be parody the series, My Little Pony. The script for the commercial was written during when Kricfalusi was working on the new episodes for Spike, but it never came to fruitation. (Source: John K. Interview - 08/19/03, WGN Radio) 
- Powdered Toastman's Rolling Tobacco - A second fake commercial. The commercial was going to mark the return of Powdered Toastman. The idea for the commercial was conceived, but the commercial itself was never fully produced. (Source: John K. Interview - 08/19/03, WGN Radio) 
- Log for Moms - A third fake commercial. This commercial was possibly going to be about a log specifically targeted to mothers. This commercial was planned, but it was never completed. 
- The Succubus - The plot of this episode was going to be based on some of Kricfalusi's experiences with Robyn Byrd. 
- Untitled Shampoo Master Episode - The character named Shampoo Master first appeared in Naked Beach Frenzy, and Kricfalusi was planning on making an entire episode dedicated to him. 
- Untitled Mike Barrier Episode - An episode about Mike Barrier's own interests and fears that was planned to be made, though it never began production. 
- Untitled Father Episode - Another episode was going to be about the specific tastes and phobias of someone, this time being Kricfalusi's own father. The episode was left unfinished. 
Ren & Stimpy's "Adult Party Cartoon" aired on Spike TV and TNN and ran for 6 episodes (but only 3 episodes aired in America) between June 26 2003 to July 24 2003. Upon airing, the show was critically panned by critics, watchers, and fans of the The Ren & Stimpy Show alike, which officially lead to the show's cancelation and the official death of the Ren & Stimpy franchise, until 2020, a crowdfunded documentary about the original The Ren & Stimpy Show and its creator John Kricfalusi called Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story, was released at the Sundance Film Festival in January 28, 2020 and is going be released soon in the theaters and VOD services on August 14, 2020. The documentary has no involvement of Nickelodeon and ViacomCBS, but they were credited in the documentary's end credits under "Special Thanks". On August 5, 2020, ViacomCBS announced a reboot of Ren & Stimpy on Comedy Central without the involvement of Kricfalusi or Bob Camp. In the case of John Kricfalusi, according to Variety, he will not have financial renumeration or creative input from the reboot, due to his allegations in 2018 and in the case of Bob Camp, he was not contacted by ViacomCBS about the reboot, which caused various fans and people who worked in the original show, including Cheryl Chase, to speak out against the idea, while various animators despised the idea of the Ren & Stimpy reboot was accepted, instead studios greenlighting their original ideas and one of the two victims of John Kricfalusi, Robyn Byrd, made a petition on Change to urging ViacomCBS cancel Ren & Stimpy's reboot on Comedy Central, according to her, it will cause trauma and endanger fans and crew members who worked in the original series.
- Because of Billy West's refusal to voice Stimpy again in Adult Party Cartoon, some people auditioned to voice Stimpy in APC before Eric Bauza took the role of Stimpy. One of these people auditioned to take the role as Stimpy was the late voice actor Joe Alaskey, which he came close to Billy West's voice, but however, his voice was a bit too deep to voice Stimpy. 
- The last three episodes Naked Beach Frenzy, Altruists and Stimpy's Pregnant aired on television, but in other countries like Latin America (MTV), Brazil (Multishow and VH1), Russia (2x2), Poland (MTV) and Italy (Fox), while in America were only released in The Lost Episodes DVD in 2006.
- A petition was made by the now defunct Ren & Stimpy forum, The Members of the Loyal Order of Stupids (aka MOTLOS) in 2003 on the also now defunct petition website, PetitionOnline, in the wake to save Adult Party Cartoon for getting cancelled and be renewed for a second season.